Area legislators on the recent 30-day session:
Sen. Gay Kernan, R-Hobbs
Q: What was the most important thing that happened?
A: From my perspective the most important thing that happened was regretfully the fact that we’re going to have to go back — basically we prevented tax increases and we are still negotiating, trying to come up with some way to reach the budget without a large number of tax increases.
Q: What was the biggest disappointment of the session?
A: I think it’s always disappointing when we go in and our goal is to develop a budget and I think it’s disappointing when we’re not able to do that.
Q: What can eastern New Mexico feel good about?
A: Funding for the Regional Educational Cooperative. Funding had been reduced significantly to the point that we were afraid we were going to have trouble keeping the doors open on the RECs.
Q: What important business went unresolved?
A: Of course the budget is one issue. One critical issue for health care was Sen. (Stuart) Ingle’s bill, (SB 213, concerning the regulation of certain medical entities, allowing them to remain corporations). It is absolutely critical that we get that bill done — the cost to these medical corporations would be so significant … they’re not going to be able to do certain procedures.